Weekend Primer: All eyes on 'The City'
28 Feb 2014
by Benjamin Larsen of AmateurGolf.com

see also: San Francisco City 2018 MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP, TPC Harding Park Golf Course

It's the calm before the storm. The scehdule across the country is just about ready to heat up but this is one of the last weekends of the "early spring" where we have only a few tournaments to cover.

But, one of them sure is a big one.

The San Francisco City Championship takes another step towards crowning a champion this weekend with the Round of 16 and quarterfinal matches scheduled for its three division -- Men's Championship, Men's Senior and Women's Championship.

Upsets stole headlines during last week's play with top seed and defending champion Will Brueckner falling to No. 32 Shintaro Ban. No. 2 seed Kris Server fell on Day 1, leaving Justin Suh (3rd) as the lowest remaining seed.

In the Senior Division, top-seeded Gary Vanier, who won last year's event, remains. But qualifying medalist Herb Jensen lost last weekend.

The major upsets halted in the Women's Divison, though. Defending champion and national power Casie Cathrea rolled through her opponent and seems like a tough matchup for anyone this weekend.

Amateurgolf.com will have full coverage of the San Francisco City Championship, including results and recaps from all divisions this weekend.

Elsewhere in Northern California, the amateurgolf.com 2014 Monterey County Four-Ball presented by Callaway Golf tees off. The loaded field will take aim at one of the tour's most popular events and hope to come away victorious (and dry) from Pacific Grove Golf Links.

On the opposite side of the country, one of the year's most underrated team events kicks off from historic Pine Needles in Southern Pines, N.C. -- just outside of Pinehurst. The Pine Needles Invitational began Thursday and runs through Sunday at the exquisite Donald Ross original. Defending champions Brian Westveer and Scott Harvey are two of well-known names on the mid-amateur circuits in the Carolinas and beyond while Harold Payne and Steve Fox, the 2013 Senior Flight winners, are perennial contenders on the national senior circuit.

And finally, in Texas, we'll be following the progress of the North Four-Ball at Stonebriar Country Club. Always an important early-season event, the North Four- Ball officially kicks off the competitive season in the northern part of one of the busiest amateur golf states.

Results For San Francisco City 2018 MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP
WinCAShintaro BanSan Jose, CA180
Runner-upCARick ReinsbergLafayette, CA120
SemifinalsCARyan KnopPleasanton, CA80
SemifinalsCARyan WilsonSan Francisco, CA80
QuarterfinalsCAIan CoffmanSan Diego, CA50

View full results for San Francisco City 2018 MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP

ABOUT THE San Francisco City Championship


144 contestants will be allowed to qualify for the Men’s Championship flight. Qualifying will consist of 36 holes played at TPC Harding Park and Lincoln Park Golf Courses. The first 110 entries, based on the earliest date received, with an index of 6.4 or lower as of 12/01/2017 shall go directly into the qualifying beginning on March 3, 2018. If more than 110 entries are received, the remaining entrants will pre-qualify for the final 34 spots on Friday, March 2, 2018 at Lincoln Park Golf. Pre-qualifiers who do not qualify for the 144 player qualifying field will be refunded $150. Entrants who do not show for pre-qualifying will not be entitled to a refund. Once all qualifying has been completed, the Men’s Championship Flight will consist of 63 contestants from the Men’s Championship qualifier, as well as the Past Champion, who will hold the number two seed.

If the Defending Champion elects to play for Medalist honors the right to the number two seed will be forfeited. The past champion, if qualifying, will be seeded accordingly. Match play will begin on March 10, 2018. All match play for the Championship Flight will be held at TPC Harding Park.

*In the event of a playoff for match play a player must be present in order to retain his right to participate in the playoff.

The following comprise the exemption categories for the 2018 San Francisco City Golf Championship Pre- Qualifying:

* The Past Ten years of San Francisco City Champions
* 2017 San Francisco City men’s Championship Match Play Qualifiers
* Top 20 Individuals 2016-2017 NCGA Points List
* 2017 NCGA Champions (Amateur, Mid-Amateur, Junior)
* 2017 USGA Event Qualifiers (Amateur, Mid- Amateur, Junior)

NOTE: The Tournament Committee retains the right to make exceptions to the exempt categories as deemed appropriate.

The oldest municipal tournament in the USA. Match play event with scratch senior, women's and net divisions. Past champions include Ken Venturi, George Archer, and Dorothy Delasin. Some of the 'non winners' include Tom Watson and Johnny Miller. Click the 'history' tab for more about this wonderful event.

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